Where Cyprus-Greece rank in latest corruption index?
Spain’s standing in a global corruption index has fallen the heaviest of all EU states, according to Euronews analysis of official data.
Experts say Madrid’s 10 percent plunge (to 58 points) in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index over the last four years is linked to the financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures.
The index ranks countries out of 100; the lower the score the higher the impression of public sector corruption.
Yet Greece, also hit hard by the financial crisis, saw its standing improve by nearly 30 percent, albeit from a low starting point.
Scandinavia again dominated the upper echelons of EU standings despite some high-profile corruption scandals.
Hungary meanwhile bucked a generally improving trend in central and eastern Europe.
The EU and western Europe region had the best average score (67) globally, with sub-Saharan Africa the lowest with 33.
TI says its index is the most widely-used global corruption indicator and that it is composed using a “combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions”.
Spain has slipped 10.77 percent in its score, according to Euronews analysis, dropping from 65 points in 2012 to 58 last year.
Examples include: the arrest on Tuesday, January 26, of ten people in the Spanish region of Valencia, including the former president of the People’s Party, amid a probe into an alleged corruption network; and the alleged scandal around former People’s Party treasurer Luis Bárcenas, who is accused of making secret cash payments to senior party figures, using a fund of donations from businesses.
Good on Greece?
Greece has been the most improved EU state, leaping 27.78 points. It jumped from 36 in 2012 to 46 last year.
This would suggest the financial crisis has not had the same negative effect it has seemingly had in Spain.
However, Cyprus (61) has not improved but on the contrary since 2012, the island’s ranking keeps decreasing.
Put those EU aspirations on hold?
Ukraine, with 27 points, was one of the worst performers in the Europe and Central Asia region.
Albania (36), Serbia (40), Montenegro (44), FYROM (42) and Turkey (42) all registered scores of under 50.
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